Madrona Links Golf Course

Madrona Links is an 18-hole public golf course that was designed and developed by Ken Tyson in 1978. The property was originally owned by the City of Tacoma and in 2008 was sold to PenMet Parks. The course is currently leased by a third-party. This 50-year lease expires in 2028.

The course is located in Gig Harbor, close to the Tacoma Narrows and convenient to Highway 16. It features year-round golfing, a warm-up range, golf instruction, a men’s and women’s club, a clubhouse retail store, and restaurant.

Please read our frequently asked questions, below, to learn more about Madrona Links golf course.

Q: Who owns the golf course?

A: The City of Tacoma originally owned Madrona Links and in 1977 leased it to Ken Tyson, who designed, developed and operated the course. This third party operator has a 50 year lease that expires in 2028. In 2008, the City of Tacoma sold Madrona Links and assigned the lease to PenMet Parks.

Q: Who is responsible for managing and maintaining the golf course?

A: Pursuant to the terms of the 1977 Lease, the third party operator is responsible for managing and maintaining the golf course, the pro shop and the restaurant.  This includes all golf course maintenance, repair, and capital improvements.

Q: How are the greens fees established?

A: The third party operator is responsible for setting the greens fees.

Q: What is PenMet Parks doing to steward the golf course for the benefit of our community?

A: PenMet Parks recently conducted a survey and the majority of respondents indicated that the golf course is meeting the recreational needs of our community. To assist with long-range planning, PenMet Parks has engaged the National Golf Foundation to provide a comprehensive review and understanding of the course, its physical condition, needed improvements, operating profile, market environment and economic potential.  This assessment is expected to be completed in the mid-2024 after which we will share the results with our community and the third party operator.

In addition, and to help plan for the future, the Board of Park Commissioners has appropriated capital funds for future investment in Madrona Links. These capital funds do not “expire” and are set aside now. The specific improvements have not been determined, but will be as part of an overall and comprehensive plan.

Q: How can I get more information or share feedback about Madrona Links?

A: Please email us for more information or to share any feedback regarding the Madrona Links Golf Course. PenMet Parks will document any feedback it receives and share that with the third party operator so that any concerns may be addressed.